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Australia’s tourism industry fears it will be forgotten by global travellers

Australia’s tourism industry is pleading with the federal government for a ‘roadmap’ to reopening borders, fearing the nation may be “left behind” as other countries throw open their doors for vaccinated travellers.

“I know it’s politically successful to talk about shutting down borders, but this is not where we want to be at the end of this year,” Dean Long, CEO of the Accommodation Association, told The New Daily.

“At some point, it will be safe to reopen the border. We’re asking, ‘What does that look like?’ It’s a really crucial policy setting.”

EU opening ‘safely’

Much of Australia’s border debate is about tightening measures, with heavy scrutiny on the government’s India travel ban and how to strengthen hotel quarantine.

But half a world away, the European Union is readying to restart international tourism, with plans to allow fully vaccinated people or those from countries with low COVID risk to travel for leisure.

Ursula von der Leyen, European…

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